Phalangeal quantitative ultrasound measurements in former pre-term children aged 9-11 years

Z P Halaba; J Bursa; U Kostowska Kaplon; W Pluskiewicz; S Marciniak; U Drzewiecka
June 2007
British Journal of Radiology;Jun2007, Vol. 80 Issue 954, p401
Academic Journal
The objective of this study was to compare phalangeal ultrasound values in 38 former pre-term children, aged 9-11 years, with 50 age-matched term controls. Skeletal status was evaluated using phalangeal quantitative ultrasound measurements (QUS) by DBM Sonic 1200 (IGEA, Carpi, Italy) which measures the amplitude dependent speed of sound (Ad-SoS, m s(-1)). There were no significant differences in values of Ad-SoS, weight and height between patients and controls irrespective of birth weight or prematurity. In conclusion, phalangeal ultrasound measurements performed in prematurely born infants show that at the age of 9-11 years their bone status does not differ from children born at term.


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